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Speaking of Music: John Cage

Published January 8, 1987

Charles Amirkhanian interviews John Cage on January 8, 1987, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series. The program begins with a discussion of two of Cage’s pieces of aleatoric music, “Music For” which is scored for any number of instruments, and “Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras”. Also discussed in detail is “EurOperas 1 & 2”, which was intended to be an opera like no other, and in that regard it has no real libretto nor plot. However the majority of this program is dedicated to questions from the audience. In his answers Cage continues to confound expectations with his comments about why he composes using chance operations (to free his music from his likes and dislikes), the role of silence in music (to listen to the sounds everyone ignores), and the role of music (to quiet the mind). Cage also wanders into the realm of political science by commenting on the work of Buckminster Fuller and the role of Anarchism in any future utopia . As with any program with Cage, regardless of what he is talking about, the humor and warmth of his personality always shines through.

Run time 128 min


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Reviewer: thebananarepub - - May 25, 2011
Subject: selective listening
i've been reading a lot of books of interviews with Cage, so coming across this is great. i love internet archive, and really should utilize it more. i think finding some good Cage to tease my tongue will have me again spending more time is this library. now a proud member of great name, btw.

thanks again

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